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Quote of the month – Free Printable – May 2013

Each weekday on facebook I share with you a quote of the day, I have loved finding these quotes just as much as sharing them with you, some make me cry, laugh and really think.  This year each month on the blog  I will share with you a quote of the month, a quote that will motivate and […]

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  • Amanda

    Good Morning Kat……You may need to edit where you have typed the quote initially
    as the “not” is missing :-)
    (I was sitting here trying to work out what the quote meant lol).
    Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • [...] you answered no to any of the above you need to purge this item.  As this months quote suggests you don’t keep the items that you don’t enjoy looking at and no longer need. [...]ReplyCancel

How am I going? It’s been a really hard path to walk.

  Lost Quilts – Gold Coast Quilters I need your help My mum gave two (or more) nearly finished quilts to somebody on the Gold Coast (we think in Mudgeeraba) to do the machine quilting or binding?  She gave them to this person sometime before June 2012.  We have no record or phone number of […]

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  • Such a beautiful quilt Katrina. I can see the amount of effort and love your mum put into creating it. What a lovely keepsake for your daughter. I hope you’re able to locate the other quilts she made.

    The passing of your mum is still so fresh and raw. Please take it easy on yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I too have lost my mum and she was a quilter and a knitter and a embroiderer, I wish I had learnt those skills from her when she was still alive. I had to go through her beloved sewing room and clear it all out. Every scrap of material or embroidery thread had a memory it was very hard to get rid of stuff. I really really hope you find those quilts x x x ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine

    Kat, I just sat here and cried with you! What you wrote was so simple yet so eloquent. My mum is currently fighting cancer for the second time and i find it so hard to deal with the fact that she is in North Qld and I am in very rural Victoria. All I want to be able to do is sit with her and hug her, yet i feel bad as the only thing separating US is distance… I couldn’t imagine living without her as she is my best friend, so we are looking forward to her visit at Xmas!

    The quilt your mum made for Miss 9 is absolutely stunning and I hope that you are able to find the ones that are missing. Good luck and my best wishes, Jas xReplyCancel

  • Such hard things to do Kat. Thanks for sharing your story. I think it will help many who are also going through loss.ReplyCancel

  • Katrin

    Hi Katrina, I used to live in Mudgeeraba but don’t know anyone who does machine quilting or binding. How about putting up a photo of one of your great quilts on the black board at Mudgee Market Shopping Centre. This draws attention and maybe you get information. The town is small and everybody in Mudgee shops there. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kez

    This post moved me to tears. I am lucky to still have my mum around and this made me appreciate her so much more. I know I will feel lost and so sad when she passes (hopefully very old). I wish you well on your journey of healing and I hope you can get those beautiful quilts back – what a beautiful legacy your mum has left you and your children. Big hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Eleise Bott

    I do hope that you can find those quilts. This post had tears in my eyes. I am sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • suzy

    if u find all the quilting clubs down the gold coast and ask there you may find the lady that has your mums quilts, hope you find them :) ReplyCancel

    • suzy

      or even the material shop in the area where your mum went to quilting groupsReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing that, it made me cry. I really hope you can find your mum’s quilts. I am amazed at how beautiful the quilt is she made miss 9. I still have my mum and can not begin to imagine your greif. I hope i wont have to for many years to come xReplyCancel

  • Kafula Olsen

    I’m so sorry to hear for you loss. Your post has made me cry and I can tell how much you loved you mum. The quit is beautiful, you should be proud of your mum, she sounds lovely..Take care XXXXXXXReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Such a heartfelt post Kat. You poured your heart out here. I hope you find your Mum’s quilts . ReplyCancel

  • Larissa

    This is such a beautiful post Katrina, you are very lucky to have such beautiful mementos for your children, they will treasure them forever, big hugs xxReplyCancel

  • Guest

    HI Katrina, Thank-you for your honesty in the midst of your grieving. I really appreciate you postings every day and the web site.ReplyCancel

  • christiechildhood101

    Thinking of you, Kat. I cannot even imagine how hard this would be for you xxReplyCancel

  • lina

    This was a beautiful post truly from the heart you have made us all look at things differently and i am sure your mum would be proud of you as you are making a difference to so many families.ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for your post. I lost my mum unexpectedly a year ago this weekend and understand exactly how you feel. You have a hard year ahead of you as there are so many firsts to happen but apparently it gets easier. My heart goes out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Kat, this post has moved me so much. My mum is very crafty, she can paint & draw, designs & makes many of her own clothes (including my wedding dress), makes bears, embroiders, knits, makes jewellery…the list goes on. The saying goes “we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone”. Your feelings on going through your mum’s sewing room hit home as I will feel the same way when mum dies. It made me think about what I can do now to make memories to cherish.

    You are right to have these feelings, and give voice to them any way you can, be it talking to family & friends, or blogging about it, or just sitting on the floor and howling. TAKE AS MUCH TIME AS YOU NEED to grieve your loss. Only you will know when the time is right to take the next step. Grieving is a process and everyone does it in their own way and time.

    Be kind to yourself and love yourself. You will be ok.

    I hope you are able to track down the quilts. The suggestions that have been made are good ones. Your daughter’s quilt is exquisite.ReplyCancel

  • Ainsley

    This post made me cry! Thanks so much for sharing your journey in your grief and also being so honest about it. Sometimes it is easy to think that people have it all together when I read blogs but this is just so real!! I also am a sewer and imagined my family going through my stashes wonder what I had bought each fabric for and it really hit me thinking about sharing those memories and making the most of the time I have with my family even though it can be hard at time. I’ll be praying for you as you grieve the loss of your mum. Also that you find your lost quilts. Thanks again for you posts and the time you take to blog.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndall

    There is love in every single stitch of that quilt! What an incredible woman – so gifted! My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Do take care of yourself – and follow the advice you’d give to others :) ReplyCancel

  • Laura D

    I’m am so sorry, Katrina. Thank you for sharing this…we will all go through it someday. The quilt for your daughter is SO BEAUTIFUL – what a treasure. Sending positive thoughts your way.ReplyCancel

  • Anne @ Domesblissity

    Oh Kat. As you know, I know exactly how you feel. There’s not a minute of the day that doesn’t pass when I don’t think of my Mum. I just cry. No point holding it back. I felt a turning point when it was Mum’s birthday on 12th Oct though. I know she wouldn’t want me to be miserable and sad. She would’ve wanted me to get on with it which is what I’ve been doing. Doesn’t mean I don’t miss her and cry if I want to. Big hugs from here. Anne xxReplyCancel

  • Saleena

    Katrina, I love the beautiful way you have put your feelings down and expressed how u are dealing with the loss of your dear mother! She certainly sounds like a wonderful mother and talented person, of whom you loved so dearly. I pray that you find her quilts and that her memory remains as precious in your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Katrina, I have just read your blog and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts & feelings. The quilt for your daughter is absolutely exquisite. I hope you find the missing quilts soon. I can’t believe that nobody has come forward with some information, hopefully soon the quilts will be back with your family where they belong. Sending you lots of positive energy and love. XxxxReplyCancel

  • Guest

    If its any consolation my Grandma was the same way, and honestly I think it was a product of her time as a child, living in poverty. She bought, kept, stashed anything even things worth nothing as a “just in case”. I dont think it is always necessarily because of any one thing that was wrong. I really think with that specific generation it was a defense mechanism. She was a war bride really.. I dont know if that was the case with your mum though.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Kat, did you ever find the missing quilts?
    Judging by Miss 9′s beautiful butterflies, they will be family heirlooms!ReplyCancel

Decluttering: Less Stuff, More Happiness

Helen from Clutter Rescue shared this video at a conference I attended earlier this year, Helen was sharing her ideas and tips on keeping an organised office.  She showed us this video from LifeEdited Founder Graham Hill at TED 2011.   Top 3 tips Edit ruthlessly Think small Make multifunctional It will help you to […]

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  • Great video! I am a declutterer from way back! Love culling and sorting. I can pack our life up in a day to move house. It’s a good feeling living simply with just what you need and a few pretties for the soul! A-M xxReplyCancel

  • brella

    wow! I love this! it really sums it. Thanks for sharing this with us. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hey Katrina – yet again you blow us away with your inspirational finds.  After moving into our house 12 yrs ago – I have finally this year (thanks only to your blog & inspiration) got rid of the last of those “boxes”.  Our “first home” was 1/2 the size of our rental house!!   And would you believe, we have actually during this time “hired” a storage unit to store our “stuff” while we renovated.  Most of that “stuff” we stored, never came back into the house, but we paid $100s to store it – ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!

    Re the EDITING, I find that I cannot sit down & “declutter” but I CAN look at your “pictures” and reorganise a space without realising that I am decluttering.  I get fired up by a good organisational session but I feel deflated if I have to just “declutter”.  So… keep the pics coming! BTW, this week’s organising session saw me declutter no less than a box of batteries that did not work + 15 torches + 5 headlights.  This still left us with 4 torches + 4 headlights for camping & we could probably even EDIT some more :) 

    Good luck in the USA – hope it is everything + more.  We know that this has come at a difficult time.  Hoping that you find the mind space to actually find the JOY in this very special moment. You SO DESERVE IT!  xxReplyCancel

  • whiningattheworld

    Thanks. I really need this t the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Holly N.

    That was awesome and definitely a motivator as we will be moving soon.  I still have things in boxes from several moves ago.  ReplyCancel

  • Jenna @ Reunite Child Assist

    Wow. That’s some serious multi-functionality going on in that apartment! My partner and I are always moaning about how tiny our 2 bed workers cottage is…really, it’s just too full of ‘stuff’. This weekend, I’m going to edit. Starting with that box I’ve been dragged from Brisbane, to Hamilton Island, to Melbourne, to Dublin, to Brisbane. Lol.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Thomson

    Wow!! That is really inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing!! I know I definitely have a few of “those” boxes about the house!ReplyCancel

  • Roslyn

    I really need some expert help . As I am hopelessReplyCancel

A video on how we took the first step to declutter mums home

If you have been following you will know that my mum recently passed away very suddenly.  Mum and I were different in so many ways, I love baking she wasn’t a fan, my favourite colour is pink she can’t stand anything pink, I’m a minimilist and she lived in a very cluttered home.  Mum did […]

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  • Josiebishop_1987

    Big hugs Kat! I wish you all the strength in this terribly hard time.  xxReplyCancel

  • Mamacass51

    We will all be here to support you through this, I am sure your Mum is watching over you as you all work through it.  Maybe she was too embarrassed to let you help her, as many suffer with the issue of hoarding and just don’t know how to get out of it or stop it.  I know my Mum, bless her sole, was also a hoarder.  Take care ?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina
    Sending prayers, love and ((HUGS)) your way Katrina. Its hard to lose someone that you love.
    Keep the strength that you have.
    Luv TracyReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Wow!  I can’t even imagine.  Good luck with the task ahead of you.  I’m sure amongst the sadness of it all you will stumble along a few gems that make you smile. ReplyCancel

  • Suzy

    Wow, that’s a lot of boxes! We had a similar situation after my Mum died, but she had things hidden away in various cupboards, so we weren’t aware of the extent of the hoarding. Similar to your mum’s peanut butter jars, my mum had kept icecream containers and old towels. In some ways, those types of things were the easiest to get rid of, although sad because they were obviously important to her. The harder things to deal with were the special items like costume jewellery and clothes, as well as all my dolls from when I was a child. I felt that if she had kept these things for so long (40 years in some cases), then who was I to just get rid of them? In fact, some of these things have joined the clutter in my house and I have found it too emotional to deal with them. But it’s been a few years now, and you’ve inspired me to start to deal with some of my mum-clutter. We can do it together!ReplyCancel

  • Mariah

    Whoa. This was a major wake up call for me. I’m only 35 but I have a whole room of office & life stuff that I have been needing to go through/unable to get rid of… needless to say, your video just gave me the courage to grant my husband his long sought wish of letting him throw it all out. I’m calling him now. It will all be gone within a week I’m sure and we will be free. Free as you say to do the things I truly enjoy… I’m so sincerely sorry for your loss. I hope it brings a teeny bit of comfort to know that you just saved my life. Seriously. Love and prayers, MariahReplyCancel

  • Leungchoip

    Thank you for sharing this journey.  I have been working through my mums clutter for the past two years, a little at a time, so by the time she passes it won’t be such a problem.  You will be able to deal with everything, as long as you don’t overtax yourself and remember  that it has taken many years to get this way so it won’t disappear overnight.  Good luck.  Think how much happiness you will be able to bring to others as you donate/sell/keep and give away.  Thinking of you and looking forward to sharing the journey with you.  thanks.  ReplyCancel

  • Shell-B

    Kat,
    You are so brave to share this with us. Hope you do find solace in the fact that you  really do inspire so many.
    I am sorry for your loss and hope you will be kind to yourself to get through this.ReplyCancel

  • Susie F

    I am so sorry for ur loss Katrina…. this has hit a nerve with me as i sit here in my pj’s at 1.30 pm after feeding my 5 week old baby and trying to entertain my 3.5yo son while looking at all my storage boxes full of stuff, piles of mementos that need to be sorted and all of the mess and clutter that adorns my home – my name is Susie and I am a hoarder :)  I am sick of it and continually tell myself that i need to declutter and throw stuff and it is impacting on time with my family….. i too seem to go through things, moving them from one room to another in my attempt to declutter and become more organised………… i should be outside enjoying the sun with my kids, not worried about what to start on in my poor attempts to fix the state of our home.  I am inspired and I am going to follow you on your journey and hopefully will finally get to enjoy the more organised, less cluttered life that i dream of :)  much love to you and your familyReplyCancel

  • Eliza

    Katrina, Thanks for you sharing your story. It must be very hard for you on so many levels. Please take all the time you need – away from this blog, if you need to – to give the decluttering and grief time. Will enjoy reading your blog whenver you are able to come back to it. ElizaReplyCancel

  • Jazzmum

    hugs to you during this difficult time. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki (N.Z.)

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  I too am a hoarder and have taken this week off to clean out my worst room.  One thing we all need to remember is that people hold onto things for many different reasons.  During the war/depression our parents/grandparents probably never threw anything out, it possibly became a habit, and that may be why some of our parents/grandparents have so much stuff.  We were quite “poor” when I was a child and Mum reused everything she possibly could, which may be where my hoarding “habit” came from.  However I do not want my friends/family to have to clear it out after I am gone so I am starting!  Bless you and your Dad and your family as you go through this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Thanks Kat – you are such a lovely mentor to us who struggle (the non-born organised amongst us).  Alot of us are visual people and so your pics & videos are what inspire us.  (Your video has just inspired me to go & tackle something on my procrastination list!)  Please also know, that your taking a little bit of time away from the blog has allowed some of us with a big list to catch up!  Just finished my gift wrapping centre & it looks sensational…  please feel free to post some of the archives, as they might be oldies but they’re all goodies.  Looking forward to tackling the kids’ wardrobes & have also just got the lunchbox things a bit more organised in time for back-to-school.  Big hugs {{{ }}}.  **Absolutely love your work**  Big hugs also to your Dad & Brothers for them allowing us to follow your journey.ReplyCancel

  • So sorry to read about your Mum. What a hard journey. Thanks for being so open and honest, I shall be following along. Need to organise my own home, and shed the clutter as well. Thanks.  ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    Im sorry for your loss Kåt and I will follow your story. I love your blog and it has some wonderful inspiring information. All the best xReplyCancel

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    oh sweetie… so very very hard.

    My husband and my parents are hoarders and I know how hard it is for them to throw anything out.  And how hard it is for me to see them keep such – to me – useless things.

    I will be following along and sending strength.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    As everyone else has said I am sorry to hear about your mums passing.  I have never been a overly tidy person, although I am an organiser and mostly organised we live in semi organised caios. My small 3 bed home is FULL to the rafters with STUFF.  My hubby is a horder from a family of horders … (his mother gave me a box 2 years ago with EVERY little thing he had ever given her from kinda through to he was 18 and expected me to keep it as safely as she had done … it went in the bin – much to her discussed). Hubby keeps newspapers never reads them but keeps the whole thing.  The mess gets to me so much that once every couple of months I have an almost breakdown take a few days of work and through everything I can get away with out … the bad part about doing it this way is I loose important things.  I can also be part of the problem as I will see something on special and think “oh, I want that” and just get it soo we have soo much JUNK not stuff that we would ever need or use but just cus I thought it COULD oneday be usefull.  I am going to try and follow your recomendations and try and get my house organised.  Thanks and good luck with your parents place.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    We recently lost a member of our family, and it truly has an unfathomable impact. The loss is very hard to come to terms with. Wishing you every strength. Take heart from your opportunity now to really help your Dad deal with an enormous task.

    Your blog has inspired so many small changes in my home that have made a big difference… and yes, there’s a way to go yet!! Many thanks. S ReplyCancel

  • Deborah

    My absolute love to you Kat. This particular blog has given me goosebumps. I am not a hoarder but my husband tries… despite the fact that he hated living in a “hoarders” home growing up! Its such a tricky, intensely emotional and overwhelming process to go through. I helped my husband in this process when his father passed away 7 years ago. It was hard – his mother (who no longer lived there as she had left a few years before hand) came in as my husband and his brothers were going through everything and throwing out most of it, She went off at my Husband and then me for getting rid of “important things”… I won’t go into how those things were NOT important, but I did my best to shelter my Husband and his brothers from the outburst. As it was not benefiting them as they were all ready to move on and do what their dad needed several years before his passing – he hated the clutter but didn’t know what to do about it, and they (my husband and his brothers) didn’t know how to help.
    Its amazing to be free of these “things”, as My husband tells me – he is so glad that he was able to go through all of those things. It was an almost “cleansing” from him, it was something he didn’t know how to do, until I could hold his hand and be there right with him.
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  • Bianca

    Kat, thinking of you during these hard times and sending love. It’s a hard hard job and I hope you are able to find strength from family and friends. x

    bianca – a little delightful xReplyCancel

  • Tamkennedy

    What a tower of strength you are, I love getting your tips, thinking of you. I don’t know what I would do without my mum xxReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    OMG Katrina.  This is so close to my heart.  I too lost my mother suddenly and unexpected, in fact, a few days before your mum’s passing.  I know I must watch your video but cannot find the courage to hit the play button.  My mother was a hoarder and the thing that stops me at the play button is the photo of all those boxes.  This could be my mother’s house.  I am currently co-caring for my father who suffers early onset of Alzehemiers and soon to take on full time care.  Every time I step into my parents home, the pain is heightened as I realised that I am yet faced with the fact that I must dispose of all the stuff she couldn’t. I have to watch my father amongst this mess which only leaves him confused, overwhelmed, lost and anxious.  How sad that all the clutter was adding to my father’s Alzehemiers.  I’m also faced with the fact that I need to declutter my own home which I was slowly progressing with but now realise that I need to speed up the process.  My heart goes out to you and the bravery you have shown by facing it and tackling it.  There will come a day that I will hit that play button but for now your video sits quietly waiting for me.   
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  • Alisha Luxford

    My mum and I read this together and both shed a little tear for you. 

    Mum tried to explain some of the thoughts that can go through your mind when you’re getting on in age, and especially menopausal. 

    You want to hang onto everything that has memories attached to it. You can get a bit sentimental about the strangest things. For instance, Mum crocheted my newborn twins some blankets, and she didn’t want to get rid of the tiny bundles of wool she had left. They were pretty much useless to make anything. 

    After seeing this blog and video, she can understand that really, it’s the memory she wanted to keep, not the wool. Perhaps that’s how your dear Mum started? 

    In any sense, I wish you, and your family strength at this hard time. My prayers will be for you tonight. 

    Alisha. ReplyCancel

  • I’m glad you have the support of your Dad and brothers to tackle this job. I wish you all the very best Katrina, and hope that as the clutter is sorted, you can think more about your mum and not the stuff she was hoarding. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Fion a

    I am feeling for you and the huge task ahead of you. My inlaws are hoarders and their house had a tree through it during the 2008 storms that hit brisbane. We removed 80 cubic metres of stuff from their house and sadly less than 4 years later it is all starting to build up again. I hope you can give your dad some peace and restore some space in their house for him. All my loveReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I’m sure you will inspire many others with your strength and bravery – thinking of you at this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Kath Wong

    Oh Kat, you are so brave. Brave to go through all of the boxes your mum had collected so close after her passing, brave to let us see the process (it is of course so personal to you), and brave to show your face to us while doing it! I wish you luck and strength as you tread this path. Deepest sympathy
    Kath ReplyCancel

  • Carrie

    Dear Kat, as always you never cease to inspire me, even in your times of sadness you continue to share and inspire!!!  Thank you.  I have my very elderly mum living with me and my poor husband has no garage space now with all her ‘special, precious STUFF’ stored there.  I will follow your journey with interest and know you will continue to motivate me as you always do.  good luck with the journey, be strong and treat yourself gently.  hugs and thanksReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Dear Kat

    Your video brought me to tears as I realised the very sad and difficult time you are experiencing right now.  Please try not to beat yourself up about removing your Mum’s things from the home.  It will be such a help to your Dad and I believe your Mum is now in a place where she can appreciate the things you are doing to care for him.  How lucky he is to have you & your brothers around him.

    Thank you so much for your courage in sharing this post with us, it has inspired me not to put off those things I should have been getting organised around my own home, and also to give both my parents extra good hugs this week!

    Take care of yourself (you know you need to in order to take care of others right?) and know that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel very soon.

    Emma xReplyCancel

  • Terry

    This must be so difficult for your family to go through all your Moms things. makes me miss my Mom so much, she’s been gone for 12 years now and she had the emptiest closets I had ever seen. I wish they would’ve been some stuff to go through. my heart goes out to you and your family. How you didn’t shed a tear while making the video is beyond me, I have a huge lump in my throat. Take care and wishing you comfort as you tackle this heartbreaking task.
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  • Anon

    Oh sweetheart thank you for sharing your journey.  Hang in there, you’ve given your father an amazing gift.  Remember your mum for all the ways you loved her.  Our parents are fallible, and an important life lesson is to let go of the things that you can’t change – it is hard to let go of the ideal picture of what we want them to be and accept as they are,  Good luck with the next stepsReplyCancel

  • My mother in law is a hoarder. It breaks my heart. She has a styrofoam cup from when her sister ws in the hospital when she was 2. She will not get rid of it because her sister may want it back one day. UGG, She says she wants change. My husband wants to use all his vacation time to help her. ReplyCancel

  • FJW

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for being strong for your mum.  Take courage in knowing you have helped many of us along your own journey and will continue to do so as we journey with you. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy James

    Hello beautiful! I don’t visit any blogs as much as I used to but saw this in my facebook feed and wanted to say hi and pass on my condolences to you and your family. I see how difficult this is for you and admire you and your brothers for tackling this with your dad to help him have a free-er environment. Sending you love and strength and thank you for sharing :) ReplyCancel

  • barbara001

    Thankyou for sharing your blog on decluttering your mum’s place. I am so glad i found your site. You have given me alot of inspiration and ideas on how to do things better. My condolences to you & family during this sad time. I lost my father 7 mths ago and still dealing with his passing. As you say we can go through this journey together. Take care xo
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  • This sounds to be an amazing way to keep up the home away  from de-clutter.ReplyCancel

  • sophie.hills

    Thanks so much for sharing Katrina.  I think we get a deeper insight into why you want to help us to get organised.  Take care, and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you (and helping myself get better de-cluttered)! Hugs for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Anita

    First of all, I am so sorry about losing your mum, especially so suddenly. My prayers are with you.

    I have only just recently found your site and I wish I had found it 12 months ago when I had a breakdown over my clutter. I ended up seeing a councillor to sort through what was holding me back from sorting out all my junk. 12 months later, I am still on the journey, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    I saw the pictures of your mums home and I have to say it scared me. It is almost exactly like my mothers. While she does not store peanut butter jars and the like, she just cant stop buying stuff she doesn’t need. It is only her and dad in the family home now and she doesn’t need eight baking pans, as an example. She has two shipping containers, full of apple boxes with costumes in it from when she was a costume mistress. She has not done any plays in years, but she continually adds to the collection. I just fear that it will get worse and eventually it will just take over. I also know that you can’t force anyone to begin to de-clutter. Some people will never be able to get to that stage. I can empathise with your feelings towards your mum and dads home and I hope it all goes well. ReplyCancel

    • It sounds like you know exactly how I am feeling. Mum too has a shipping container I am yet to look in. I wish you well on your journey and I am so pleased that you found my site too JReplyCancel

  • tomi

    So sorry to hear about your mum. Thinking of you and your family, take care. ReplyCancel

  • Davistrans

    Thank you for sharing your video and story. I’m sure it will be truley inspirational for so many people. Sorry to hear about the loss of you mum, my thoughts are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Kyles93

    Your story touched me today as today is 6 years since my mother unexpectedly passed away.  Unlike you, I have only a few things of hers as my sister has mental health problems and had thrown most things away over the years.  Anyway, thinking of you and your family.  Hold onto each other – it is a very difficulty heartaching time xxxooo ReplyCancel

  • Danelle69

    One thing I heard from someone who helps with de-cluttering in the US, there is a point when the clutter starts to collect, something triggers it.  He suggested that you have a look at the magazine in the bottom of the  stack (if they are collecting them) for an idea on the trigger date.  Was an intersting thought.ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely and I have learnt what the trigger was, sadly we missed all the signs at the time.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Well done Kat, you are doing a wonderful job. We have just finished cleaning out my brothers house, he passed a few days after your mum, and although it was sad and difficult we did manage to have a few giggles at things we found and old memories that these items brought back. Our loss has inspired me to de clutter my house and my life and I will be following you for advice, tips and motivation. Much love to you and your family xoReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Hi Katrina, thank you for sharing this difficult journey you and your family are now taking.  I have been following your blog for quite some time now, as I have too much stuff and am not organised enough, so it’s a regular inspiration to see what ideas you have for us.  I remember reading some time ago about your reasons for starting up this blog, to help your friend who had lost her mother.   It hit a nerve with me as we lost our dad 20 years ago, and my mother like yours, began to expand on her ‘collecting’ hobby, from teddy bears to old bottles and all sorts in between.  She said it was an interest, but sadly got to the point that we could no longer stay with her when visiting, as there is just not enough room, because of her stuff, she lives in a 4 bedroom family home on her own.  Hoarding creates stresses in relationships, as the hoarders become very defensive of their stuff, (in my mums case even cardboard boxes and old toothbrushes).  I have not been to her house in years now, even though we have recently moved from the other side of the country to within a short drive.   I know that she is avoiding having my family visit.  She says she is clearing out things, but I know that this is difficult.  I have now chosen to step back, for the sake of my own sanity, (and my husbands).  It is in someway reassuring that there others experiencing the same emotions.  Best wishes to you and your family and keep up the great work on the website. ReplyCancel

  • My mum passed away suddenly on the 27th March 2011, i’m a solo mum and she was my world apart from my children. She was also a hoarder of everything, you described my mum to a tee. Only she didn’t have neat organised boxes, it was everywhere, to the point there was no where to sit when we visited. My brother and i filled a large skip bin in one day when we had to empty out the house she rented. Time is passing and it does get easier but i am glad i found your website as i can see myself heading down her track and i hope that this will give me a new start. Much love and prayers to you, it isn’t easy.ReplyCancel

    • Ooh Katrina (wonderful name), it’s such a hard process and I feel that because of the hoarding it has really drawn the process of loosing mum more than I can bare. I am pleased that my website can possibly help you to keep an uncluttered home xReplyCancel

  • Bec Waterhouse

    Your poor mum. She must have been so embarrassed about her hoarding :( It must have been hard for you to watch her go through that.

    I’m very sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • [...] my parents house after the passing of mum.  If you are new to the blog, you can read further about the first step of decluttering mums home.   [...]ReplyCancel

  • Jilly

    {{{{hugs&prayers}}}} Katrina, as you and your family cope with this sad event! You are very brave!

    Jilly oxoxoReplyCancel

  • Mira

    I feel for your loss and pray for you and your mom,but I wonder why you have a need to embarrass your mom by airing her ” hoarding” it did not bother her,why is it bothering you and why does the world need to know?…It should be private ,I think she would preferred it that way.You can get support and fulfilment in other ways.
    May God give you and her peace.ReplyCancel

    • Caris

      If it did not ‘bother’ her then it cannot ‘embarrass’ her now. Kat is fantastic about being honest and real – and it doesn’t get more honest and real than facing the fact that your parent is a flawed human being like everyone else. I read no criticism in this page – this is part of who her mother was in the end, part of their relationship. And if someone else who is going through the same thing right here and now can see this and know that they are not alone, that it is nothing to be ashamed about and that they can talk about it, then I think it is a wonderful thing.ReplyCancel

    • Mira, I shared this post because of the experience I was left to help my Dad and brothers with. That was to go through all her items, her treasures, her … stuff. She was a hoarder and it made the process of her passing away so much harder. It was a really long and slow process of clearing that took us months. To be honest I didn’t really come to terms with what had happened to her so suddenly passing away until we finished moving my Dad. I will forever miss my mum but that grieving process was so long and drawn out, I was not myself for a good 9 months. My hope from this post was that somebody that is a hoarder to realise how hard it is on the family that is left behind to go through the things and hopefully they can make a change.ReplyCancel

      • Cath

        Hi Katrina,

        I was wondering if you were comfortable, and have the time, if you could possibly write a series of more extensive posts on what you did to clear out your mum’s stuff. Did you sell anything? Give things away to family/friends/school/op shop? Did you get a skip? Were there any disagreements about what to do with things? How did you manage those? Was it more challenging because your Dad wanted to keep things the way they were? How did you manage your grief amongst all of this? Did you keep anything yourself? And how long did you work on it?

        I’m facing a similar task within the next twelve months and the thought of it is almost overwhelming.

        Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • JH

    Thank you for sharing your story, I felt your pain but can also tell you are a very strong person who will move forwards with this process. To part with the belongings of someone we loved is very tough, but when the volume of items is mammoth it makes the process so much longer and harder to deal with doesn’t it.
    I wish you peace and happy times ahead, with good memories of your Mum in your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Desré Nikolich

    From what you have said about your Mum it seems that she was very organised as a young parent and its seems when she lost her mother something inside of her changed. Do you think your Mum may have had a lot of grief and loss which affected her emotionally? Maybe she slipped into depression and was having troubles coping. Maybe it all became too much for her and she was going through the motions. It seems despite your difference you were close to your Mum. You should never feel a sense of failure and shame about not being able to help your Mum. Maybe she felt like a failure and shameful as she couldn’t pull it all together like you. Maybe your competence showed her of her incompetence to keep her life in order. She needed love just as you need love. We all need love to function. Maybe her mother was a huge part of her source of love. We all live and grow and change with the seasons of our lives.ReplyCancel

  • Desré Nikolich

    By the way Katrina my Mum is a hoarder too. I have been trying to get her for years to start decluttering but she also has difficulties letting go of things as she puts emotional attachment to things. She has had many losses too – her mother had Alzheimer’s and disappeared and was never found. She has lost my Dad and a second husband to cancer. She has lost her sister to cancer. I too have too many things due to renovating and having things stored. Before I had a hard time letting go of things but now appreciate the opportunity to purge – let things go – to free myself up. I guess it is a bit like dieting. One needs to be in the right head space to make changes. I guess how I can most inspire my Mum is to show by example and take time with her and assist her to start decluttering at her own pace.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Lavigne

    First, thank you for sharing your story. even if it seems to have been two years loosing a parent has to be rough. She has a great legacy though. Her family loved her and she must have done a great job raising you if you turned out as amazing as you did never mind the cluttered house ( though it must have been horrendous to have dealt with)
    I have just found you this morning and I think you are just what I need. I am a new Mom and have moved six times in the last 3 years. Life has been good to me though, with a great family and a loving husband to be, I am finally settling after a tumultuous decade that was my 20′s.
    The final barrier is the mess that is the house. I still feel overwhelmed and unbalanced but one step at a time things will get better. One more move though as we are buying a house this year. Trying to make it our last move.

    Thank you againReplyCancel

5 easy tips for a successful garage sale

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart We recently sold almost all of our belongings, boxed up most of what was left and the rest was squeezed into luggage and moved to Japan with us. So as you might imagine, we had one massive garage sale and learnt several important lessons about […]

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  • Great tips there Alyce. I’ve never had one even when we moved simply because we couldn’t be bothered to get ourselves organised, especially since we had to also fix up our house before selling it. Instead we gave the stuff away and those that we wanted to replace, we sold on Ebay . ReplyCancel

  • Price everything, especially what you’ve advertised & want to sell; even if it’s a general sign that says “cheap-just ask!” (use quiet times to price what you ran out of time to do).
    Rope off entry until advertised start time. It builds impatience & excitement in buyers & they will tend to make purchases as soon as they see something they like instead of thinking about it & just so somebody else doesn’t buy it!
    You can’t sell space! Don’t spread out too much. Keep items close & grouped together; stand books so you can read spines, hang clothes in garment styles, label linen in sets, etc etcReplyCancel

  • [...] Okay, enough vacation talk. Let’s turn our attention back to the home front. Summer’s a great time for garage sales, and there’s no better way to declutter your home while making a few extra bucks to spend on that vacation. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) Get the most out of your sale with these tips on product selection, pricing and advertising. My favorite tips: Use “bulk pricing” for entire categories of items, and don’t include your street number when advertising the sale. (The Organised Housewife) [...]ReplyCancel

  • […] 5 easy tips for a successful garage sale […]ReplyCancel

{RECAP} How to Declutter

Before you join me on the decluttering mission let’s have a recap of the steps of Decluttering.  Please click on each of the links below to direct you to more details about each step.   Step 1: Determine what are your organising goals Step 2: What is clutter Step 3: 5 steps to clear your clutter Step 4: Start the […]

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  • newsurfiegirl

    Actually getting started is my biggest struggle, once I start it’s ok! Another thing is not trying to do too much, I sometimes find my energy waning and I still have quite a bit to do, what is left sometimes gets left in a big box to be done later :0(ReplyCancel

    • I’ll be giving one task a week so it won’t be too overwhelming and can fit into busy schedules. I look forward to you joining us!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstyvi

    Kids toys and clothes.
    kitchen stuff…..how much do you actually use?
    husband’s stuff…oh wait! we are moving soon and he will have a shed. that should give me about 4 cupboards worth of extra space in our new place.ReplyCancel

    • Sheds are great places for storing seasonal and not used regularly items!ReplyCancel

  • Shanabanana

    Kids art work – 3rd son wants to keep every scrap hes touched, I dont want to stop his creative spirit but how to keep some masterpieces with inviting creatures into it please!ReplyCancel

  • Decluttering, I think this is the story of our lives!
    I live in an apartment and have to be very smart with clutter.
    Recently, to make room for baby#2 we did a huge clean out. We also put in extra shelving :)
    The hardest thing is parting with things…. I just want to keep everything!!ReplyCancel

  • [...] recap of the steps of Decluttering. Please click on each of the links below to direct you to …theorganisedhousewife.com.au/…52…/recap-how-to-declutter/Chamber offers declutter workshop | Sun JournalLEWISTON — The Androscoggin County Chamber of [...]ReplyCancel

  • Bec Waterhouse

    Staying motivated is my biggest problem. I always have a lot going on so it’s really easy to get side tracked by something else rather than continuing to declutter like I’d intended tooReplyCancel

Decluttering your home, lets get back on the wagon

 {original image credit unknown} Last year I challenged you each week to purge/declutter a specific item from your home.  There was a great response, so we will be continuing with these declutter challenges.  However for the new readers I want to share with you some of the tasks we have already completed.  If you completed […]

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  • Kids out, husband out.  Job Done!  Only joking…ReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    Since reading your declutter ideas I have filled 5 garbage bags to take to our local St Vinnies shop – I am definitely not a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination but it is amazing how much stuff is still in the cupboards or on the shelves that I don’t really need or ever use!
    Thanks, can’t wait for more postsReplyCancel

    • Wow that is an amazing achievement, good on you. Yes, keep checking back, I am hoping to post weekly decluttering tasks for you all :)
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  • Mrsspillo

    Yay! These are my favourite posts, looking forward to the next job! It’s so inspirational and I always feel better afterwards, thank you.
    One thing I really need to declutter is my second kitchen drawer! Too many unused utensils…must get onto that.
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    • I do have a post about the 2nd drawer in the kitchen, just shows how i organise it and what I keep in there. Have a look under organise – kitchen :) ReplyCancel

  • I’ve recently returned to work and find I need to do a massive declutter, to help stay on top, will be starting on your ideas on Friday and hope over the next few weeks, it’ll help the family run smoothly. (Just can’t let hubby see me take things to the Salvo’s, he’s a hoarder!!!!)ReplyCancel

    • Lizz I should do a post on this, my hubby struggles to let go of things too and I often get the eye. But I think between us we have balance. ReplyCancel

  • I love reading your blog and I am definitely on a mission to declutter, I may be a little behind everyone else as I am a full time carer and have a chronic pain disorder. I am not going to let these things stop me though. I have already given a very large box of my childrens’ old clothes to a neighbour and have bought myself a small wheelie bin that is easy for wheeling from room to room. I look forward to having a lot less clutter in my life as it will make things so much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I’m jumping on board, and have completed the first 2 tasks, yay!!! Donating a huge box of my soft toys was actually alot easier than I expected, I thought I’d have a much harder time parting with the emotional attachments to my childhood teddies! Go me!! :) ReplyCancel

    • Kelly

      Hi, I have done a declutter of my old soft toys recently too. I took photos of them first and I did find it a bit hard to let go but not too bad.ReplyCancel

    • To make you feel even better know that these toys will be used and love by another child. Great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I’m on board! Love the idea. I’m in the middle of 1 massive declutter at the moment so I’m hoping some more specific tasks will help me finish :) Thank you! ReplyCancel

  • Hira

    I must say, you are such a great inspiration. I’ll definitely be with you in the challenge. The only thing is I tend to loose hope when i loose control. Its been so many time that I have started ‘the mission’ but with the kids it seems difficult and then i give up :( Hope not to give up this time as I’ll try to follow you regularlyReplyCancel

  • [...] you join me on the decluttering mission let’s have a recap of the steps of Decluttering.  Please click on each of the links below to [...]ReplyCancel

  • Bee

    I’m on board.

    We moved five times in three years and each time I ened up with boxes of ‘stuff’ that didn’t have a home. We are in this house three years now and still these boxes lurk in the back of a cupboard or the shed, etc. Each time I tackle them I manage to whittle them down a little but there are always bits and pieces that don’t have a home but I feel the need to keep – this is my biggest challenge. But I also want to work through your lit of tasks – mountains always seem more manageable when broken down into little steps – thank you so much for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • if you haven’t touched the items in your boxes since you moved in more than likely you don’t need the contents. Look forward to you joining in with us!ReplyCancel

  • [...] specific item from your home There was a great response so we will be continuing with these …theorganisedhousewife.com.au/…/decluttering-your-home-lets… ********************** MORE USEFUL INFORMATION…. The LINKS below are from high authority and [...]ReplyCancel

  • Waywad

    I’m in. 9 months ago I moved from a big house to a small house then added another child. I have 4 children now. Everything always seams to get stuffed into the main room. I’m fed up with it  ReplyCancel

  • Bpwatkins73

    I am in too!! I have just made the decision to take some much needed time off from study to focus on my family and my home. This comes at a great time for me.
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  • I’m definately in. I think I am doing well but there is still a bag or a box or something hiding in a corner or cupboard waiting to be sorted.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley

    I have got bags of stuff to go but got problem with a husband who does not like to let go of stuff even if he does not ever look at it!! ReplyCancel

    • ames

      I have the same problem!! But hubby is an apprentice and goes away one week a month to school – so I now have a sort later pile :) and on bin night when he puts kids to bed, (he enjoys the one on one time) I do a quick trip outside and throw them out :) ReplyCancel

  • JD5

    I have been on & off the de-clutter bandwagon for years, just too much of a perfectionist!! But I have just spent 30 mins decluttering the kids dress up box. Threw out broken/ripped garments & have a bag of others to give away as my kids wont fit into them anymore.
    My problem is always the toy room, plus there is no “system” to encourage the kids to keep it tidy..even I don’t want to go in there! Going to try your tasks & not burn myself out either!!ReplyCancel

    • Suzanne

      Hey there JD5. Have you ever heard of this person — Procrastinating Perfectionist? It’s me. Sad but true. I am so organized but like you it has to be perfect so I over think it and put it off. Drives hubby nuts! I am changing and you can too.

      When our kids were little we had a great system. Each child had a large toy box and a book shelf. We would have an old pillow case with each child’s name on it. Toys that were left out over night were picked up (by the adults) the following day after the kiddies went to school (they had another opportunity to remember). Toy(s) were placed in the corresponding named pillow case and put in our bedroom closet for 5 days. It’s amazing how they remembered to pick up after that happened a few times!

      We also let family & friends know that the kids don’t need toys right at the start when they were babies. A special item is okay but a toy for the sake of giving? No. Our kids love books. They read them and take of them. One son became a writer (making good money!) and another is an English teacher. Our daughter became a chef/caterer and has written several books. The library is still our favorite place!

      Suzanne from Kelowna, British Columbia, CanadaReplyCancel

      • books are a wonderful gift to give and your so very right, to give a toy just for the sake of giving can lead to more clutter. I have now resorted to giving money to friends kids, so the child can save for something a little more expensive, or get something they really want.ReplyCancel

  • [...] the house – inspired by The Organised Housewife: I have heaps of old clothes and things to throw out or [...]ReplyCancel

  • Today is the day I start de cuttering our home. With little miss here, i don’t want her picking up things that she doesn’t need to. For me this will be a long process, but a worth while one. Am aiming to do one room per week, and this week I start mine and the hubby’s bedroom. Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

    • Good luck, great idea that you start in your room as this needs to be a room that you both feel comfortable and relaxed in. Keep me up to date with your process JReplyCancel

  • Ali

    Hi, I am a new reader, and today I decluttered my bedroom, I have decluttered it before but when I read your information on decluttering I found I could take it one step further, to the point I now have coathangers one side of wardrobe to follow your coathanger system, and i have pulled things out of cuboards I have empty draws now, you give a good system of asking questions and I like you take a photo to scrapbook, I am not a scrapbooker but I will be now, I have also told my 11 year old about this system and how to work out what to keep etc, and she is off doing her bedroom (yay is was a mess),, Thank you so much for doing this website, I have to do the soft toy thing, hmm thinks I will skip that one not quite ready everything else i can do easily soft toys bit of a missionReplyCancel

    • Welcome to the website!! Add the soft toys to your to-do list for a later day JReplyCancel

      • Ali

        I talked to my daughter and we sat down and did it together, we have gone from two huge over flowing tubes to the same two tubs but can put lids on them, we will revise it again in 6 months time, I would like to get to having just one tub, I am so proud of me and my daughter, we are making great changes in this house, I have good routine for daily life and cleaning and I declutter every 6 months, but you have made me look at things in a new light, we have cleared out so much, I was amazed at what we have found that I didn’t realise that it was clutter, and I have thrown out things that I thought I never would, you have changed my way of thinking for the better, so I thank you so much for you website, I highly recommend it, ReplyCancel

{GUEST POST} Where to start to gain control of your home

This is a guest post by Kate, from the blog Puddles and Gumboots. “Help! My house is an absolute chaos, I feel completely overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start.” These were the words a friend said to me recently when she rang me in tears. I think this happens to nearly all of […]

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  • Oh my gosh! This is like a glimpse into my place! I did this almost in the exact order last week, though didn’t quite get floors finished. LOL. (I have the ‘clutter basket’ – laundry basket – still half full from the other day as evidence!) I think I’ll print this out and pop it in the back of my diary for next time I’m feeling overwhelmed, as a reminer of where to start! Great post! Hayley xxReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for having me guest post today, I hope people find it helpful :-) ReplyCancel

  • Oh I so need to get my house back into shape. Tomorrow’s my day of purging and cleaning. Thanks for these handy hints!!ReplyCancel

  • Sladenkel

    just what i needed to read today thank you so much
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  • This is a really great step by step run down for when things get overwhelming. And i think the “clutter basket” is so helpful, i’ve been doing this for awhile now, although i use two – one for around the house stuff & one for the toys. The good thing about the toy one is there’s a spot in the playroom where it sits so if i don’t really want to sort through it i can still pack it in the room neatly.ReplyCancel

  • Sometimes, when I think it’s all too much – I play a “game” with myself. It’s called “Idle Hands”. The idea is that my hands are never empty – so I start by picking up ONE thing. I take that and put it away, then pick up two things from the room that first thing belonged in and put them away, picking up another thing from each room etc etc. While it’s a bit of a scatter-gun approach to tidying up, it gets me started. And it’s usually enough to fix the house when it’s all bitty. Like it is right now, actually!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this timely post, I only recently subscribed and to find this in my inbox dismorning was an absolute god send. Last week I decided to update the toy room and office and as I like a blank slate to work with the entire home become chaotic and messy as the one room took over many! And I didn’t know where to start to get it all in order again but now thanks to your post it doesn’t seem as overwhelming, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • MultipleMum

    great post Kate. It is so true that sometimes it is all so overwhelming you don’t know where to start! This is a fab guide xReplyCancel

  • thanks so much for this post it helped me so much i already feel more on top of my home than ever thanks againReplyCancel

    • That’s wonderful news Jodie!ReplyCancel

      • thank you your blog helps me so much my son was diagnosed with epilepsy late last year and trying to learn how to manage that as well as the house and everything has been so hard but your posts give me hope that i can get there so thanksReplyCancel

  • Thank you for helping me see the wood for the trees! Its so easy to feel completely overwhelmed and just flounder. I agree that getting on top of the laundry is a great starting point to feeling back in control.
    My dining table/room is the black hole of the house – something that I hat because its the first room you walk into when you come into the house! I will conquer it this week!ReplyCancel

    • It is otherwise it will just keep piling up and become a huge job. Would love to hear how you go!!ReplyCancel

  • Fleur.Muller74

    This is my new go to guide! ReplyCancel

  • Just wanted to let you know, I started this list at 9.30 and stopped for 30 minutes for lunch and another 30 minutes for school run… it’s now 4.15pm and I’ve finally finished!!! I have needed this so much! I always, always find my house so overwhelming. 3 kids under 5 makes for a very messy, busy household and I never know where to start!!! This list had me going from top to bottom and even doing alittle bit extra, like wiping down the kitchen cupboards, and cleaning the windows!
    Thank you so very much for this! I’ve never felt so tired, but from something that was worth it! My house looks great, even my 5yo commented when he got home from school!! All I have to do is fold Mt Clothesmore and continue with the never-ending laundry that seems to be the bane of my existence! I was considering taking it all to the laundromat to clean all at once and then bring home to dry! My poor small washing machine is constantly on the go! :-D ReplyCancel

  • Mel Duker

    Lovely and simple :o)ReplyCancel

What are your 2012 organising goals?

Last year I asked you about your 2011 organising goals, were you able to reach them?  I must admit, number 2…. I want to spend more time  ’Scrapbooking’, wasn’t successful for me as I was having too much fun blogging Let’s create new goals for 2012 and together try to accomplish them.  Also by filling […]

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  • I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “PLAYING WITH THE KIDS“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “KEEP ORGANISED“
    I want to organise “KITCHEN“ room first.
    I always lose “PATIENCE“ .
    I want to be all organised by “1st TERM“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “EXCESS TUPPERWARE“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ON TOP OF THINGS“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “RELAXING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “PUT MY HANDBAG“
    I want to organise “LOUNGE ROOM“ room first.
    I always lose “MY LIP GLOSS“ .
    I want to be all organised by ASAP, IF EVER“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “?? “ .ReplyCancel

  • KazF

    I want to feel AT HOME while I’m at home, not like I’m camped out in someone else’s place between work commitments.
    I want to spend more time QUILTING.
    I want an area of the home where I can QUILT.
    I want to organise LAUNDRY/KIDS BATHROOM first – currently using their shower recess as a broom cupboard.
    I always lose MY PHONE IN THE BOTTOM OF MY BAG – need to remember to use the little pocket in the side of it.
    I want to be all organised by MARCH 1 – I have holidays coming up, I’m laughing too.
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with MAGAZINES – I’m going to buy less this year, I swear.ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time doing “ COOKING NEW & EASY DISHES “ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “ READ“.
    I want to organise “ MY LOUNGE ROOM“ room first (it’s full of baby toys!)
    I always loose “MY MOBILE“ .
    I want to be all organised by “ 1 MARCH 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need anymore , but am having trouble parting with “ CRAPPY PLASTIC CONTAINERS (not Tupperware!)“ .ReplyCancel

  • Jess Nash

    I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “HAVING COMPUTER FREE DAYS AND ENJOYING MY KIDS“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “WORK GUILT FREE“
    I want to organise “BOYS ROOM“ room first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ .
    I want to be all organised by “MAY 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY SONS OLD CLOTHES AND BABY BITS AND PIECES“ .
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  • Michelle Miles

    I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “READING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “NOT SEE ANY OF MY DAUGHTER’S TOYS“
    I want to organise “THE PLAY“ room first.
    I always lose “TIME“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY DAUGHTER’S BABY TOYS“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to be UNPACKED and SORTED by the end of this month after our second move in less than a year.
    I want us to have more ROUTINE as a family so life doesn’t feel so out of control.
    I want to make time to practice my COOKING. ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    1.I want to feel “LIKE HAVING MORE FRIENDS“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “WITH FRIENDS“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ENTERTAIN“
    4.I want to organise “HOMEWORK/SCHOOL“ area first.
    5.I always lose “MY ME TIME“ .
    6.I want to be all organised & decluttered by “OCTOBER 2012“ ready to spend Christmas less stressed .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS TOYS“ .
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  • Chrissie Hanham

    I want to feel “CALM” when Im at home.
    I want to spend more time “PLAYING WITH MY SON”.
    I want an area of the home where I can “SCRAPBOOK”.
    I want to organise “MY SONS ROOM” first.
    I always lose “MY SANITY, LOOKING FOR EVERYTHING AND PICKING UP AFTER EVERYONE”.
    I want to be organised by “6 WEEKS AFTER MY PARTNER AND I MOVE IN TOGETHER IN MARCH”.
    Something i dont need, but am having trouble parting with “MY SONS OLD TOYS AND CLOTHES”.ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Grainger

    1. I want to feel “PRODUCTIVE“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “HAVING COMPUTER FREE DAYS“ . Ditto
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “HAVE MY BUSINESS AND OUR HOMESCHOOL SEPERATE“
    4. I want to organise “SCHOOL SPACE“ room first.
    5. I always lose “ FAVORITE PENS“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “START OF TERM 2“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “NIC NACKS THAT HAVE SENTIMENTAL VALUE ONLY“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ENERGISED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “EXERCISING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “STUDY“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “MY WATER BOTTLE“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BIRTHDAY CARDS“ .ReplyCancel

  • Lettyanne

    2012 Goals

    I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home. (I agree)
    I want to spend more time with my husband and children enjoying life.
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“ and read
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I want to get a balance of family, work, study, and getting my home and office organised will help this .
    I want to be organised by 20th Feb with systems to help the rest of the year flow in a more orderly fashion .
    I always lose school newsletters and certificates
    Something that I don’t need but having trouble parting with is old memorabilia such as coasters from places we have traveled to.ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “DOING SOMETHING *I* WANT TO DO“ .(ie get more organised about spending some quality time with my hobby – genealogy; #4 will actually help toward that, as the cupboard is big enough for my stalking stuff as well!)
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “KEEP MY STALKING STUFF“ (see #2 and #4)
    4.I want to organise “MY OFFICE“ first. (Plans are afoot regarding a CUPBOARD! My ‘office’ is a shelf in the dining room. It is going to expand to a cupboard by the middle of February)
    5.I always lose “…..“ . I don’t lose stuff. Ever. The only time anything of mine goes awol is if somebody else takes it!
    6.I want to be all organised by “LONG WEEKEND IN MARCH“ assuming I get my cupboard!
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “RECORDS“ .
    Yes. Those honkin’ great VINYL things. I have about 50 of them, and no record player. But they’re a part of my mis-spent yoof, and I don’t want to part with them!ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “ENJOYING MY KIDS“ .
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “BE ME“
    4. I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first. Yes Same.
    5. I always lose “MY MEMORY OF IMPORTANT THINGS“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “MID YEAR“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “TOYS I LIKE BUT THE KIDS DON’T“ .

    One of my goals from last year was only just completed. It was crazy it took so long to do.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “being productive! either housework wise or scrapping or studying“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“ not spend so much time in my bedroom
    I want to organise “OFFICE“/scrap room first.
    I always lose “paperwork“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “clutter/paperwork“ .ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “STRESS FREE“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “HAVING FUN WITH MY FAMILY“.
    3. I want an area of the home where I can “BE FREE TO CREATE“
    4. I want to organise “MY OFFICE/SCRAPROOM“ room first.
    5. I always lose “MY SHOES”
    6. I want to be all organised by “EASTER“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MAGAZINES“ .ReplyCancel

  • Lsg1378

    I want to feel “Relaxed and happy“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “Creating and crafting“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “Feel uncluttered“
    I want to organise “My“ room first.
    I always lose “My phone book“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ . Ha ha! I wish ;)
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “stuff, clutter, and old toys“ .
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  • Peta

    I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “SCRAPPING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “FIND EVERYTHING“
    I want to organise “KIDS“ rooms first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ .
    I want to be all organised by “END OF FEBRUARY“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS OLD SCHOOL BOOKS“ .
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  • MABELLA COTTAGE

    1.I want to feel “ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “BEING PRODUCTIVE“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “DO MY WORK UNINTERRUPTED“
    4.I want to organise “STORAGE AREAS“ room first.
    5.I always lose “OOMPH“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “YESTERDAY!!“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS“ .
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  • Emily

    I want to feel “ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “BEING CREATIVE WITH MY CRAFTS“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“
    I want to organise “LOUNGE/OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ .
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “ITEMS THAT HAVE SENTIMENTAL VALUE ONLY“ .
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  • Joyh

    I want to feel “ORGANISED & RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “SCRAPBOOKING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “GROW SOME HERBS“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “RECIPES“ . I need to organise these somehow.
    I want to be all organised by “30 SEPT 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD BIRTHDAY & CHRISTMAS CARDS“ReplyCancel

  • I am going to start organising things for Christmas 2012 (cards, craft, cooking etc) on the 25th September 2012!ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “ORGANISED & RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “SCRAPBOOKING“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “GROW SOME HERBS“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “RECIPES“ . I need to organise these somehow.
    I want to be all organised by “30 SEPT 2012“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD BIRTHDAY & CHRISTMAS CARDS“ ReplyCancel

    • Sorry! That came out before it was supposed to and I could not delete it. It was supposed to read:

      I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
      I want to spend more time “WITH MY HUSBAND“ .
      I want an area of the home where I can “MARVEL AT HOW TIDY THINGS ARE“
      I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
      I always lose “MY USBs“ . I need to organise these somehow.
      I want to be all organised by “30 MARCH 2012“ .
      Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY HUSBAND’S STUFF LOL“

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  • I want to feel “CALM“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “WITH MY CHILDREN ‘GUILT FREE’“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “RELAX“
    I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    I always lose “PAPERWORK“ . (I recall this was on my list last year!)
    I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS/END TERM 1“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS OLD SCHOOL WORK“ .ReplyCancel

  • Samll22

    1.I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “READING AND ATTEMPTING TO COOK“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “READ A GOOD BOOK“
    4.I want to organise “KITCHEN“ room first.
    5.I always lose “RECIPES FROM MAGAZINES“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “July“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “????“ .
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    • Suse T

      Try putting your recipes from magazines in display folders. I am in the process of sorting into different coloured folders. Eg, entrees, dips and drinks in green, main meals in blue, baking in pink, desserts in purple, etc.ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “SEWING“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “STORE ORGANISED BELONGINGS FOR SALE/MOVE“
    4.I want to organise “SEWING“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MY MIND?!“ :P.
    6.I want to be all organised by “MAY“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “MY CHILDHOOD MEMORABILIA“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to feel “CONTENT“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “LEARNING SOME NEW HOBBIES“ .
    I want an area of the home where I can “ENTERTAIN“
    I want to organise “OFFICE/RUMPUS“ room first.
    I always lose “MY SHOPPING LIST“ .
    I want to be all organised by “XMAS“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD CRAFT STUFF“ .ReplyCancel

  • Cj Vandort

    .I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home

    I want an area of the home where I can hang sun hats and handbags

    .Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with daughters prep books/art work

    .I want to spend more time not worrying about the house work – spending it with the kids!!ReplyCancel

  • 1. I want to feel “CREATIVE“ while I’m at home.
    2. I want to spend more time “DOING THE THINGS I LOVE“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “WRITE & CREATE“
    4. I want to organise our “STUDY/OFFICE“ first.
    5. I always lose “IMPORTANT FORMS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED!“ .
    6. I want to be all organised by “MID-YEAR“ .
    7. Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “UNUSED SCRAPBOOK PAPERS AND FABRICS“ .
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  • to be more organised and not so lazy. And to slow down!ReplyCancel

  • 1.I want to feel “PEACEFUL“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “HAVING FUN WITH THE KIDS“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ENJOY“
    4.I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MOTIVATION“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “EASTER “ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD CLOTHES“ .ReplyCancel

  • Kylie W

    1.I want to feel “STRESS-FREE“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “SEWING“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CREATE/SEW IN AN UNCLUTTERED ENVIRONMENT“ AND “STASH GIFTS WHERE I CAN REMEMBER AND FIND THEM”
    4.I want to organise “WARDROBES” first.
    5.I always lose “MY DIARY/IDEAS NOTEBOOK“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “JUNE“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “KIDS OLD SCHOOL WORK/BOOKS“
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  • Kris

    1.I want to feel “LESS-ANXIOUS“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “OUTSIDE“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CONCENTRATE“
    4.I want to organise “OFFICE/GUEST ROOM“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MY KIDS HATS“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “WINTER“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BABY CLOTHES & GEAR“
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  • I want to feel “RELAXED“ while I’m at home too. We have too much stuff in my opinion and it stresses me out some times.
    I want to spend more time “WITH MY FAMILY“. Family holidays, activities and dates with my husband are all planned in to be regular things.
    I want an area of the home where I can “FOCUS“, somewhere I can work if need be, but also focus on crafts and things.
    I want to organise “BEDROOM“ room first.
    I always lose “GLASSES“ . I really should put them in a regular spot.
    I want to be all organised by “MY BIRTHDAY IN APRIL“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BOOKS“ .ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    1.I want to feel “HAPPY, ORGANISED, RELAXED & CONTENT WITH LIFE“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “DOING FAMILY FUN STUFF, ESPECIALLY ON WEEKENDS..NO MORE HOUSEWORK & ENJOYING WHAT I HAVE & MAKING MORE TIME TO EXCERCISE!”
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “ENJOY IT BEING ORGANISED & KNOW I HAVE MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH MY FAMILY”
    4.I want to organise “MY BEDROOM“ room first. FOLLOWED QUICKLY BY HAVING A SPACE TO STUDY & TO KEEP ALL MY STUDY STUFF TIDY!
    5.I always lose “MY MIND & IMPORTANT NOTES FROM SCHOOL“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “THE TIME SCHOOL STARTS BACK & WHEN I START STUDYING FULL TIME… IN 4 WEEKS… HAHA THATS GUNNA B A HARD TASK!“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “EVERYTHING! THE PAST, MY NEGATIVITY & MY BITCHY ATTITUDE…OH U MEAN IN THE HOME?? STUFF THAT HAS EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT -LIKE CARDS, LIL KEEPSAKES ETC“ .
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  • Mumma K

    1.I want to feel “ORGANISED & RELAXED“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “SOCIALISING WITH MY TODDLER“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “CREATE ART & CRAFTS PROJECTS“
    4.I want to organise “OFFICE“ room first.
    5.I always lose “MY CAMERA“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “MID AUGUST“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “OLD ART & CRAFT SUPPLIES“
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  • Kgoz

    1.I want to feel “energised“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “swimming,walking,meditating and doing yoga“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “store all my scrapbooking supplies and study materials“
    4.I want to organise “our toyroom/office/needs to become to bedrooms“ room first.
    5.I always lose “sunglasses“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “glassware“ .
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  • Anonymous

    1.I want to feel “AT HOME and COMFORTABLE“ while I’m at home.
    2.I want to spend more time “WITH MY YOUNG SON“ .
    3.I want an area of the home where I can “HAVE QUIET TIME“
    4.I want to organise “KITCHEN“ room first.
    5.I always lose “IMPORTNAT PAPERS“ .
    6.I want to be all organised by “SUMMER 2012“ .
    7.Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “CRAFT ITEMS
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  • Lee

    I want to feel ORGANISED“ while I’m at home.
    I want to spend more time “WITH MY KIDS AND PARTNER” .
    I want an area of the home where I can “EXERCISE“
    I want to organise “BACK“ room first.
    I always lose “GLASSES“ .
    I want to be all organised by “START OF SCHOOL YEAR“ .
    Something that I don’t need, but am having trouble parting with “BOOKS“ .ReplyCancel

  • I want to have a place for everything, and everything in its place. Then I can concentrate on the important things: my husband, my baby, and me.ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Sunscreen

Thank you to reader Kirrily for this decluttering suggestion Few people are aware that most sunscreens have an expiration date which is an indication when the sunscreen will no longer be effective and need to be thrown away, similar to food. We are all fair skinned so use quite a few pump packs through the summer […]

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  • this is so VERY important. a frew years back, we were at a friend’s house, used their sunscreen, reapplying as you do, that night the kids ended up at emergency with SEVERE heat stroke and 2nd – 3rd degree burns. not pretty for anyone! my son was the worst of the 2 kids and couldn’t put anything (cothing, sheets at night ect) on his back for at least a week, as the blisters were so bad, as one popped and other took it’s place, they just kept reblistering. PLEASE PLEASE CHECK YOUR SUNSCREEN EXPIRATION DATE. We now have to keep an eye on his back especially in future years and hope that no nasties pop up. How thinks to check the date, but we tell everybody now and it’s amazong how many people were just like me and didn’t even think of doing this. Thanks for posting this TOH, a great one indeed!ReplyCancel

  • also make sure that they contain titanium or zinc in the ingredient list, these are the better ones to get.ReplyCancel

  • I get new stuff every year regardless as being left in the heat so much surely can’t be good either. ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The expiration date is usually small and hard to read, write it nice and big on the sunsrceen with permanent marker for everyone to see. I don’t know why sunscreen companies don’t try and make everyone aware of it, it would only help them sell more product.ReplyCancel

  • We but a new one every year too, I also make sure a get one that specifically for kids. Love the roll onsReplyCancel

  • Kyla Messina

    Katrina, where did you get your homework station from. I love it and with my youngest at prep next year want to start this. I want a good quality one not a cheap one from crazy’s.
    Cheers KylaReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I purchased it from ‘the outlet’ :) ReplyCancel

  • [...] We keep the sunscreen at reach for the kids and close to the back door.  More details here about our sunscreen drawer. [...]ReplyCancel

{Decluttering} Broken Electrical Equipment

#29 Broken Electrical Equipment   Do you have a broken stereo, frypan, iron, phone, VCR or lamp lying around the house? What are you planning on doing with your broken item?  Are you intending on fixing it?  If so, how long ago did it break, let’s be realistic:     If it broke over 6 months […]

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  • I have a broken kettle that is under warranty that cost $100 so am willing to get that fixed next week. An expensive iron that our rabbit chewed through the cord getting cord replaced and a lamp that needs cord replaced and one that got fixed not too long ago.ReplyCancel

  • Oh, would you please come have a chat to my husband?!?! He keeps all electronic appliances and computers that stop working. Apparently they are all needed for parts. Not that I’ve ever seen any of them do anything except gather dust. Hooray for it all being in boxes under the house!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    Don’t forget to recycle any phones etc rather than having it all go landfill!!!!ReplyCancel

  • My 6 year old (apparently that’s 100 years in PC years hehe) PC has been laid to rest. The motherboard of all things. I still find it amusing that they call it the “mother”board – the brains of logic of the computer. I think it fits our role as mothers perfectly ;)

    ~Shanna~ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Something to keep in mind is that even some broken electronics will still have a good value such a Macbook that won’t turn on or a smartphone that you ran over with your car. You can sell things like these to people who will use them for parts but the chances are that if they sit in the cupboard for too long they will lose their value.

    Also of good mention, if you are interested in fixing some of your gadgets, there are a lot of videos on YouTube to help you along. ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka

    You shouldn’t trash broken electrical items – they can contaminate landfill, and they can be recycled. Check with your council for when they collect electricals (mine has a day twice a year when they take them for nothing, but some tips recycle them any time). ReplyCancel

{Declutter} Your old Video Tapes

#28 – Video Tapes  Do you still own video tapes?  - Yes! Do you still own a video player? - No   Today I would like you to go through and purge the movies from your collection.  Perhaps, get the family to update your old movie collection to DVD’s at Christmas time.   Keep your home movies, […]

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  • Consider it done…hehe….got rid of them years ago! ;) ReplyCancel

  • Senga

    No thanks! I love many of your decluttering suggestions but we’ll keep the videos. My daughter has a video collection – all bought for 25 or 50 cents from second hand shops. This includes most of the Disney classics – Lion King, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas etc – which can be expensive to buy on DVD. That said, I regularly purge the collection because it does have a tendency to grow :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    We still have a video player and my son watches videos quite often. However he does get frustrated at the fast forwarding through previews – what is the best way to get the movies onto dvd? I’m not really tech savvy – I don’t know where to start! We have so many videos, it would be fantastic to clear them out, but we would still like the movies, as we have many of the Disney classics that are expensive and sometimes hard to find.ReplyCancel

  • Marcena

    @Melissa, you can buy the necessary cords that connect your VCR to your computer and you then copy the video to your computer then burn it to a DVD. Alternatively, if that is not something you think you can/want to do yourself there are often services that can do it for you for a small fee. A lot of photo shops. Maybe Katrina can post a few of those services’s details here on her blog, for those of us who aren’t technically minded :) ReplyCancel

  • Yes, please post details!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I transferred my videos (Beta and VHS) to DVD. We owned (it recently died!) a DVD/HDD recorder. I’d copy the videos to the HDD and then burn them to disc. I did it this way because I could edit things out that I wanted to edit out before burning to disc. I could also just set the video to copy to the HDD and walk away to do other things, without having to watch the clock so that I didn’t wate space on the disc. This meant that I could fit more onto each disc when I did burn across.

    I didn’t get rid of the videos until I had copied them onto DVD – that way if the recorder died (as it has!) I wasn’t going to lose something I wanted to keep.

    I’ve just got one set of tapes left – the itty bitty Hi8 ones. They don’t take up much space though!

    I also don’t have any DVD cases – I bought three of these cabinet storage things (http://www.qecdistribution.com.au/categories/CD%7B47%7DDVD-Storage-solutions/Disc-hanging-storage/) and all of our BDs, DVDs and CDs are stored in them. I’ve got them categorised and in alphabetical order. Just need to label it and I would be super organised!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Windsor

    We tried to declutter our video tapes a coupple of years ago, but our son, then 2 1/2 – 3 highjacked them and incorporated them into his building activites…..Now he is 5 1/2 maybe it’s time for them to go! :) ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    We are moving soon and I just culled ours and took about 50 videos to Vinnies, we still have a VCR and my son still watches movies in our bedroom. In fact I found an old recorded from TV copy of the Tom Selleck movie High Road to China that I had recorded back in 1984 and the reason I know the date is the ads talk about the LA Olympics. Like your blog, thanks!ReplyCancel